Last night I was out on that very British of institutions – the stag night. (hence the late post today, ahem).
One thing that always strikes me at events like these is just how much talent, intelligence and capability there is in “normal people”. And how it comes in all shapes and sizes and from all backgrounds.
It's easy to surround yourself with people like you. People with similar educations, similar professions, similar points of view.
It's comfortable. But it's a surefire way to kill off new ideas.
John Stuart Mill said “It's hardly possible to overstate the value, in the present state of human improvement, of placing human beings in contact with other persons dissimilar to themselves, and with modes of thought and action unlike those with which they are familiar. Such communication has always been one of the primary sources of progress.”
He was spot on, in my experience. You learn more from people who are different to you than people who are the same. So it's worthwhile making sure you have that variety in your life.
It could be you get it from a mastermind group you're in. Or a course you take with a lot of diversity in members. Or you might seek out people who are different with interesting ideas and interview them for your podcast.
Whatever method you use, you'll find it's well worth it.